Music was a pillar in the South End and other such communities. It was an outlet for artistic expression, fun and social activities that was free of bias and discrimination. More than this, it was also a medium to communicate ideals and to promote the cohesion of the community. This was important during a time when non-whites were deprived of many of the basic dignities granted to their white counterparts. This exhibition, held on 25 October 2008, was held with the aim of showcasing the musical talents enjoyed in pre-Apartheid times, as well as the effects this had on the communities as a whole.
This exhibition was a full-day event with and evening of fun. From 10h00 until 17h00, a talent competition was held in which groups such as the Bellaires, Invaders, and Soul Jazz showed what they could do and competed against one another. This programme was managed by Mr Kivedo and directed by Mr Botha.
For the evening event, musical performances were spliced by the DSRAC message by Mr Grootboom (Senior Manager of Music and Heritage) and the presentation of a gift from the museum to Mr Mpola, who is the Senior Manager of DSRAC, and to Mr Grootboom. The guest speaker, Mr Glen Cuddumbey, gave a touching and memorable address.
Festivals and exhibitions such as this one held at South End Museum provide guests and members of the public with an excellent opportunity to experience just a small sense of what music meant to the non-white society of South Africans during the Apartheid era. This is not only a reflection on the past of our diverse and culturally varied country. It is also a peering into our future potential and an important lesson that needs to be learnt.